August 14, 2012

Election 2012: Meet And Defeat Paul Ryan

On the Obama for President tumblr site, the campaign took the gloves off and posted the above graphic to introduce voters to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  The blog post says: 
In case you missed all the excitement this weekend: Meet Paul Ryan, who is actually the worst.
I agree that Ryan is the worst choice that Willard Mitt Romney could make to improve his chances of winning in November 2012, but the tumblr blog post doesn’t make it clear who or what makes Ryan the worst. The worst what?

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What Was Romney Thinking? Or Does Romney Think?


 This Is The Year Of the Nerds!

I am bewildered and more confused by Willard Mitt Romney and his actions of late, and can’t imagine that he is picking up new support from anyone these days.

The vulture capitalist from Massachusetts had a one term stint as governor, and his singular accomplishment was “Romneycare.” The Massachusetts healthcare law known as “Romneycare” served as a blueprint for what the GOP derisively call “Obamacare.”  Romney wants to repeal Obamacare, and has offered no plan or alternative to “Obamacare” should it be repealed. For some reason he thinks the 40+ million people who are going to have health insurance coverage under Obamacare, should go scratch. That’s irresponsible and idiotic, and until he presents a comprehensive solution to reform our healthcare system, he isn’t qualified to be President.

Willard Mitt Romney’s choice of a running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), makes no sense whatsoever. A candidate generally chooses someone who can compensate for the nominee’s weaknesses. What weakness does Ryan compensate for? The only group that is pleased by Romney’s choice are Tea Party voters. They were going to vote for Romney whether he chose Ryan or anyone else - so how does Ryan help?

Most voters expected Romney to make a strong choice like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I know Chris Christie and Ryan is no Chris Christie. The Wisconsin Congressman lacks gravitas. Just picture in your mind - a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Paul Ryan. Not a pretty picture. While Ryan may know how a budget is put together, I don’t see how that is an asset for Romney or for the office of Vice President.

Speaking of Putin - Romney’s most glaring weakness, aside from not being likable or personable, is his lack of foreign policy experience. His lone trip overseas as a candidate was disastrous and embarrassing for both himself and the American people. The choice of an experienced Senator like Bob Corker (R-TN), or Marco Rubio (R-FL) would have been a step toward curing any deficiencies in the foreign policy arena. Instead he chose a candidate who won’t help him there at all.

Ryan made his first solo appearance on the campaign trail at the Iowa State Fair on Monday, and he was greeted by hecklers. If you watch video of his speech, he keeps his cool, but it seems that no one is paying any attention to him. It’s easy for the hecklers to drown Ryan out. He looks more like a class President trying to tame students at a pep rally, than a man who could be a heartbeat away from being President.

Let’s face it - both GOP candidates are big nerds. As a bonafide nerd myself I usually pull for the nerds, but both of these men are so clueless about how their positions and policies will affect people in the real world, that I can’t pull for them to do anything but lose.

I’m trying to make some sense out of Romney’s choice, but I can’t as it doesn’t make sense. Then again it doesn’t make sense that Romney is the GOP’s presumptive nominee for President. While none of this makes sense, there is a very real possibility that these clowns could be elected, which makes no sense whatsoever.

What a strange year 2012 is turning out to be.







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August 13, 2012

London 2012: Olympics Closing Ceremony Was Fun And Gaytastic!


 London, England: Last night the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony was held in East London’s Olympic Stadium. I can only summarize the NBC telecast as a gaytastic musical celebration with a distinct British flavor, which included George Michael, The Pet Shop Boys, Jessie J., and even the late Freddie Mercury.

 

As a former resident of England, it was fascinating to watch the 2012 Olympic games. The British are famous for their stiff upper lip, and keeping their emotions in check, and have never been known for their patriotic fervor. The Olympics created an opportunity for the island nation to proudly wave the Union Jack, and discover the patriotism that their American cousins have long worn proudly on their sleeves. The hometown crowds infectious enthusiasm for the Olympic games and British athletes, was palpable. The British seemed to revel in their success, and that’s remarkable.


 

I have to admit that it was pure joy for me to see British athletes openly weep on the medals podium, when they heard their national anthem played.

London has always been a vibrant and exciting city, like New York and Paris - and the Olympic games elevated the capital city to another level, and you have to congratulate them for that.

The British love to build their successful athletes, celebrities and politicians up, and then tear them down and apart. I hope they can bask in the afterglow of the successful 2012 London Olympics, and that they resist their natural inclination to sabotage their success.

No matter how you slice it - on every level - they put on a jolly good show!



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London 2012: Top Ten Olympic Moments


The phenomenal success of the American women in the 2012 Olympic games is unprecedented, and nothing short of phenomenal.

It’s impossible to cite all the Olympic moments that stood out for me, but I do have a top ten - and it’s purely subjective.

 


  • Kerri Walsh Jennings and Missy May-Treanor’s 3rd gold medal in beach volleyball. I have to say I love to watch beach volleyball, and I owe that to these phenomenal women.






  • Rutgers soccer standout Carli Lloyd’s header to put the US women up 1-0 over Japan, and her second goal to put the US up 2-0. Bravo!


  • Nothing I could write here could do justice to Michael Phelps and his accomplishments. He is a phenom, and one of a kind. He’s admirably humble, and might be the best swimmer to have ever graced an Olympic pool. He is worthy of every award and accolade he receives, and represents the best of our country, and what we stand for.

Thanks for the memories!



  
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